Tag: Olympia Update

21
Feb

Update on PRA Legislation

In a February 6th blog post, we updated you on the status of the litigation between the media and the legislature regarding whether the state’s public records act (PRA) applies to the legislative branch. At that time, Senator Jamie Pedersen, D-43, had introduced SB 5784, which added the legislature to the PRA but also allowed for a significant set of

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18
Feb

Snow Slowdown

For the first time in recent memory, the Washington State Legislature essentially closed for business on Monday, February 11 when roughly a foot of snow blanketed the capital. Hearings were canceled and bills were added to already long agendas for other hearings. Fewer bills were introduced this week as well. Whether that is a result of the weather or the

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18
Feb

First-Responder Bills Heard in House and Senate

Under the state’s industrial insurance laws, a worker who is injured during the course of employment or suffers from an occupational disease is entitled to certain benefits – commonly known as worker’s compensation. Certain diseases and conditions are presumed to be caused by employment due to their prevalence and, hopefully, scientific support. However, because it is the legislature who decides

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11
Feb

The Weeks Behind and Ahead

With nearly two weeks left before the first policy committee cutoff, well over 1900 bills have been introduced. And, both the House and Senate have already begun floor action. The House has already sent 18 bills over to the Senate while the Senate sent 6 to the House. Governor Inslee has already signed one bill into law – HB 1064,

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